George Sherwood, author of "Costs of Obamacare" (Forum, Aug. 14), needs to examine the "liberal talking points" he disdains: The United States is 37th in life expectancy and 34th in infant mortality, yet we spend way more on health care than any other country.
Sherwood states that "'most Americans' have health coverage now, and those 19 percent who do not can get it in emergencies."
Sixty million Americans can get their care at an emergency room? Really?
My son, an emergency room doctor, daily sees patients without health care coverage who are seriously or terminally ill.
No insurance means no annual physicals and no early intervention. Prevention, not late intervention, is vital to restraining costs.
If everyone participates, costs drop dramatically. Individual mandate anyone?
Sherwood states that medical advancements in "countries with socialized medicine" come to a "screeching halt."
Why, then, do they outperform us in almost every phase of care?
Just last month in Israel, Mitt Romney said: "You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you're a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent. â¦ We have to find ways â¦ to provide health care to more people [and] â¦ manage our health care costs."
Liberal talking points indeed.